sloggy travel on I-70

Kickoff is at 2:40 this afternoon, so minus four hours to get there, figure an hour to park, get inside and buy nachos, add half an hour for wiggle room and Broncos fans should be fine leaving Grand Junction by 8:30 a.m., right?

Not so fast, says the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). In fact, not fast at all. Those heading east today for the Denver Broncos’ divisional round game against the San Diego Chargers may be in for a wet, white surprise. Snow and heavy traffic are expected along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor today and those traveling east on I-70 should allow for extra time to get to Denver, advised CDOT.

According to the National Weather Service, several locations along I-70 can expect 10 inches of snow or more Sunday and gusting wind. For example, Vail can expect between 7 and 11 inches of new snow, according to the National Weather Service, and wind gusts as strong as 30 mph.

Which means, essentially, a travel mess potentially. CDOT advised drivers traveling eastbound I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel to expect heavy delays Sunday morning. Saturday evening, road conditions along the I-70 mountain corridor were snow-packed and icy.

Those heading over the Continental Divide Sunday morning are encouraged to use facilities in Silverthorne before driving through Eisenhower Tunnel, according to CDOT, because the next available facilities are in Georgetown.

Before leaving home, drivers are encouraged to go to http://www.cotrip.org for road conditions or call 511 for updates. CDOT is also updating road and traffic conditions on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/coloradodot.


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